The importance of virtual onboarding

Zoom and Teams have become our new BFFs over the last 12 months. It’s hard to know how businesses could have continued to operate without them during the pandemic.

For recruiters, they have been a real blessing, meaning that interviews could take place, and candidates could continue to be hired.

However, once the job has been filled, the next step is the onboarding process. And doing that remotely is an entirely different challenge. Offering the support that a new employee needs, integrating them into the team, ensuring they have the tools they require, all without ever meeting them, isn’t the easiest thing to manage.

But to minimise additional worry at that most stressful of times — starting a new job — you owe it to your new team member to get it sorted.

We’re all aware of the importance of effective onboarding processes. 54% higher engagement, a 25% increase in retention rate, and an 11% increase in productivity are just three of the benefits that research reveals a good experience delivers. (source FinancesOnline)

So here is our advice on perfecting your virtual onboarding process until the time when we can do it in person once again.

Start as you mean to go on

Sort out the technology

Communicate, communicate, communicate

Make sure you add them into any social groups, arrange introductions to the rest of the team, include them in meetings, and ring them every day to see how they are getting on.

Work on the intangibles

Virtual onboarding may be much harder to do successfully, but it’s well worth making an effort. You are helping to build the foundations needed for your new team member to have positive relationships in your organisation. You are also supporting them in having a voice — vitally important when working remotely.

Have you had to use virtual onboarding — and if so, can you share any tips on making the process a success?

Originally published at https://www.proactive.it on February 22, 2021.

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